NCAA Regional is Coastal’s time to shine, not whine

I must say, I am a little surprised by the reaction of Coastal Carolina fans to the Chanticleers’ NCAA Baseball Regional draw.

I’ve heard complaints about the all-Palmetto State pool being too difficult for the Chants’ credentials and belly-aching about having to play the toughest two teams in the nation and neighborhood.

Chicken feathers, I say. instead of an unclimbable mountain, see an opportunity to reach new heights. Better yet, it’s a chance for the Chants to make some serious noise not just in the state, but across the nation.

We’ve heard that line before: Coastal can put itself on the map if it does this and that. Then it comes real close to doing this and that but falls just short of shocking the sports world.

I’m not talking just about baseball, which has fared better against big-name schools than any other CCU program. In general, Coastal seems to suffer from kid-brother syndrome when presented with such challenges.

For those unfamiliar, it’s the same intangible factor that prevents boys from beating their big brothers in backyard battles. But when it finally happens, boom, little brother is considered one of the big boys.

Remember CCU basketball’s glory days, when the Chants ALMOST beat Bob Knight’s Indiana in the 1991 NCAA Tournament and ALMOST upset Michigan’s Fab Five in the 1993 Big Dance? It’s still happening today; they’ve ALMOST won the Big South’s automatic bid for the past five years.

Although CCU baseball has proven its worth by winning six straight Big South season and tourney titles, the Chants still seem to gt a bad case of the shakes when they run into someone they’re not supposed to beat.

Two years ago in the Myrtle Beach Super-Regional, the Chants led the eventual national champion Gamecocks in both games before falling in the final outs. Last year they were tied with Clemson before the Tigers rallied for five runs in the ninth.

They will forever be remembered as the ones that got away, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. This is the Chants’ chance to prove it not only belongs with the big boys, but that they can beat them as well.

Yes, Coastal probably should have been given a No. 2 seed in a different regional, one that doesn’t include the two-time defending College World Series champs. But this is no time to whine about fairness.

This is Coastal’s golden opportunity to go into Columbia and show the Gamecocks and Tigers that there’s another team in our little corner of the state that isn’t content to play a good game; they’re in it to win it.

The rewards would be much greater than just state bragging rights. National exposure, recruiting enhancement and an increased profile that would help the school move into a bigger conference are among the spoils.

And like all good things, they tend to get better with time and momentum. Fair or not, Coastal has been granted a chance to whip both of their big brothers in one weekend, and climb another step on the big-boy ladder.

Comments

comments

CCU takes series from ASU in de facto tripleheader day

CCU takes series from ASU in de facto tripleheader day Coastal Carolina played 22 innings on Saturday (completing game 1 [more]

North edges South as rain keeps teams on their toes

North edges South as rain keeps teams on their toesThe Class 4A North-South All-Star Boys Tennis showcase managed to [more]

NMB's Smith picked to kick at Ray Guy prospect camp

NMB's Smith picked to kick at Ray Guy prospect campNorth Myrtle Beach High's Zane Smith received the Ray Guy [more]

Rain plagues CCU's series with Appalachian State

Rain plagues CCU's series with Appalachian StateGame one of the weekend series between #16 Coastal Carolina [more]

Girls Soccer: McCoy, Hall top all-region for Panthers

Girls Soccer: McCoy, Hall top all-region for PanthersThe Carolina Forest girls soccer team cleaned up on the [more]

Strong finish lands Chants in top 10 but no NCAA bid

Strong finish lands Chants in top 10 but no NCAA bidThe Coastal Carolina men’s golf team shot a final-round, 7-under [more]

Boys Golf: Seahawks earn repeat as state runner-up

Boys Golf: Seahawks earn repeat as state runner-upThe Myrtle Beach High School varsity boys golf team finished [more]

Lone Panther Fortenberry ties for third in Class 5A

Lone Panther Fortenberry ties for third in Class 5A Carolina Forest's Chris Fortenberry finished tied for third individually at [more]

Coastal ace Bilous claims Sun Belt Pitcher of Week

Coastal ace Bilous claims Sun Belt Pitcher of WeekCoastal Carolina junior Jason Bilous was voted the Sun Belt [more]

MB's Cahill, Wallen make deep runs at state singles

MB's Cahill, Wallen make deep runs at state singlesThe Myrtle Beach High boys tennis team sent a pair [more]

Chants climb leaderboard in second round of NCAA

Chants climb leaderboard in second round of NCAAThe Coastal Carolina men’s golf team shot an even-par round [more]

Soccer: SJ's Williams joins MB trio on all-state squad

Soccer: SJ's Williams joins MB trio on all-state squadThree Myrtle Beach High soccer players and one St. James [more]

SJ's Bray, MB's Edwards at top of All-Region 7-4A list

SJ's Bray, MB's Edwards at top of All-Region 7-4A listFollowing a near-miss bid to the Class 4A state championship [more]

Locals top all-region team; MB's Bodge earns all-state

Locals top all-region team; MB's Bodge earns all-stateGrand Strand area teams dominated the All-Region 7-4A team, and [more]

MB's Grigg, NMB duo put teams in hunt for 4A title

MB's Grigg, NMB duo put teams in hunt for 4A titleDefending state runner-up Myrtle Beach is in a familiar position, [more]

Confidence Cougars beat Manzer Academy for title

Confidence Cougars beat Manzer Academy for titleThe Confidence Cougars, an AAU team made up of players [more]

CCU struggles on first day of NCAAs but still in hunt

CCU struggles on first day of NCAAs but still in huntThe Coastal Carolina men’s golf team shot a 2-over par, [more]

Chants sweep Trojans, nab top seed, Sun Belt East title

Chants sweep Trojans, nab top seed, Sun Belt East titleFor the second time this weekend, Coastal Carolina shutout Little [more]

Former Chant Henderson 'truly blessed' after crash

Former Chant Henderson 'truly blessed' after crashFormer Coastal Carolina All-American and Denver Broncos running back De'Angelo [more]

Track & Field: Strand trio strikes silver at state meet

Track & Field: Strand trio strikes silver at state meetNo gold medals made their way from Saturday's SCHSL Class [more]

CA loses double-overtime heartbreaker in state final

CA loses double-overtime heartbreaker in state finalThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach girls soccer team suffered [more]

CCU celebrates Senior Day by making magic number 1

CCU celebrates Senior Day by making magic number 1On Coastal Carolina’s Senior Day, CCU senior Kevin Woodall accounted [more]

Boys Golf: Seahawks take aim at state title as a team

Boys Golf: Seahawks take aim at state title as a teamAfter Myrtle Beach High golfer Holden Grigg's record-setting 2017 Class [more]

Coastal opens final home series with shutout of ULR

Coastal opens final home series with shutout of ULRJason Bilous posted a career-high 11 strikeouts over seven scoreless [more]

MB's Gordon, Mueller net top region honors in record year

MB's Gordon, Mueller net top region honors in record yearJust as the Myrtle Beach girls soccer team swept its [more]

CCU takes series from ASU in de facto tripleheader day

CCU takes series from ASU in de facto tripleheader day Coastal Carolina played 22 innings on Saturday (completing game 1 [more]

North edges South as rain keeps teams on their toes

North edges South as rain keeps teams on their toesThe Class 4A North-South All-Star Boys Tennis showcase managed to [more]

One response to “NCAA Regional is Coastal’s time to shine, not whine”

  1. Brian says:

    I have to agree I wish CCU would just take it to the other teams. ECU does the same thing with north carolina it seems every year and what excuse will these teams have when they go down? Their pitching was the difference, how? They are only better because the batters they faced made them better by reading too much into things. Start doing and running past these teams, they can be beaten, are you the ones to stop them? I think both ECU and CCU have the strength to do it but do they have the confidence to do it? Or is it another year done and gone be the wayside? We shall see. The last time I checked it is still a baseball field that they are playing on and no winner is determined until the final out is recorded. Oh and the one with the most runs wins!!! Wow imagine that! PLAY DAMN IT!!!! PLAY TO WIN!!!!

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach